The winter session of Parliament that came to an end on Tuesday emerged as the best performing session in recent times, despite prolonged disruptions by the Opposition parties.
Lok Sabha passed 17 bills while Rajya Sabha, which saw two rounds of prolonged disruptions, passed only 10 bills. The Centre introduced 16 bills during the session, including the key Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill -- touted as the the "high point" of the session by parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu.
11 bills were passed by both Houses.
All eyes are now on the Union cabinet meeting on Wednesday, where the Centre may move an ordinance to enact the Insurance Bill ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit and re-promulgate the coal ordinance.
Key bills passed by both Houses included the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act to allow the leader of the largest Opposition party be a part of the panel to pick the CBI chief. The amendments to the Companies Bill and the textiles undertakings nationalisation laws and the NCT of Delhi laws to give further immunity to unauthorised constructions in the capital were also passed. Two bills on labour reforms also received Parliament's nod.
The Delhi bill was passed on Tuesday after the Centre agreed to send two other bills —- the Payment and Settlement Bill and the Bill to Repeal Obsolete Laws —- to select committees.
“The Opposition has let the country down. The government had majority in Lok Sabha but the Opposition has numbers in Rajya Sabha. One can see the difference in the performance of the two Houses,” Naidu said.
Congress’ Anand Sharma, justified the Opposition’s stand that led to deadlock in the Upper House till the last day: “We were right to demand PM Narendra Modi’s reply on debate over communalism. The BJP made it an ego-issue.”
While the Lok Sabha worked for almost 106% of its allotted time, the Upper House could utilize just 67% time.